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Fountain Theatre Awarded $10,500 Grant from the City of Los Angeles to Support New Play Development in 2015-16

Stephen Sachs, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, and Deborah Lawlor

Stephen Sachs, LA Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, and Deborah Lawlor

The Fountain Theatre has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,500 from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to support the creation, development and presentation of a new play in 2015-16.

“We deeply appreciate the support from the City of Los Angeles,” said Fountain Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. “Particularly in these embattled times. The LA City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs and our Councilman Mitch O’Farrell understand the importance of intimate theatre in Los Angeles.” 

Now celebrating its 25th year, the Fountain has a long and accomplished history of developing new plays that go on to enjoy successful lives beyond our intimate venue. Fountain projects have been produced across the United States, in London and throughout the UK, and around the world translated into other languages.  

Two world premieres of new plays are already slated for 2015: the world premiere stage adaptation of Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs; and Freddie, an immersive theatre piece created by Deborah Lawlor, supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The future new play funded by this 2015-16 City Department of Cultural Affairs grant will be determined by projects in the Fountain’s development pipeline. 

“Creating new work is at the heart of our artistic mission,” adds Lawlor. “Our longtime partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs helps make that happen.” 

Study Shows Los Angeles Has More Working Artists Than Any City in US

"Exits and Entrances" by Athol Fugard, World Premiere, Fountain Theatre

Did you know Los Angeles is home to more working artists than any other major metropolis in the United States, including New York? According to a 2010 report commissioned by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), Los Angeles hosts the largest pool of artists of any metro in the nation. Surprised?

Fanny Ara, "Forever Flamenco", Fountain Theatre

The report, Los Angeles: Artists’ Super City, was authored by Professor Ann Markusen, noted research economist and Director of the Project on
Regional and Industrial Economics (PRIE) at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She is currently serving as Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the MacIntosh School of Architecture’s Glasgow Urban Lab, where she is conducting a US/UK comparative study of creative cities. The study was funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

Highlights of the report on Los Angeles include:

  • Los Angeles is the top attractor of young artists in the US.
  • Artists contribute to the Los Angeles economy in multiple ways.
  • Los Angeles County is the major employer of artists in the
  • Los Angeles supports more than five times as many
    performing artists (actors, directors, producers) as the nation,
    outpacing New York substantially.
  • The region’s record in home-growing, attracting and retaining
    artists is unmatched. Los Angeles is the nation’s premier place
    to pursue an artistic career.
  • Los Angeles has long been a leader in local public funding
    for individual artists.
  • Despite Los Angeles’ robust cultural ecology, artists still earn relatively low incomes.
  • The paradox is that there are so many artists in Los Angeles, yet no coherent plan or infrastructure to support them.

Read the full report.